June 2015

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David Borton

Commodore Dave Borton




Town Hall Meeting – Sunday June 14, 4:30 pm

Stop in at the club on Sunday afternoon for a brief mid-year update. There are many things going on at the club that we want to share. The approval process is underway for investments required for membership recommendations from the recent member’s survey. The agenda will include the following topics – and others that you may have questions about:

  • Membership Survey Results
  • Financials
  • Member Survey Projects Status and Investments
  • Executive Board Update
  • By-laws Update
  • Q & A

Our three-initiatives progress.

The planning meeting from January resulted in three initiatives that came from the member survey run in late 2014. We will also discuss these at the Town Hall Meeting.

  1. Open more hours. Members are looking for the club to be open more hours. We have just announced the extended hours for the club starting Wednesday June 3.
    • The Bar Menu will be served on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 with an introductory special 1/2 price on all food and beverage.
    • Thursday lunch for $15 will start June 4th.
    • Friday and Saturdays the Bar and Galley will be open half an hour earlier at 11:30 am. Saturday night wine specials have wines at 1/2 price except for house wines.
    • Sunday Family Night BBQ Buffet from 5 to 8 starts Sunday June 7.
  2. Make the deck available for extended usage. There are two projects that will make that happen. One is new and more comfortable chairs and tables on the deck and the other is heaters on the deck. The new furniture can be supported financially this year and will be presented to you, the members, for your approval. The heaters will be deferred to 2016. This will also be discussed at the Town Hall meeting June 14th.
  3. Improve On-the-water activities. The goal is to provide watercraft for members to use at the club. We need additional storage for the boats – kayaks and SUP’s (stand up paddleboards.) Meanwhile, we do have a 25 foot sailboat on a mooring off the club that is also available. Look for the signs at the club for our new Adult Sail Training and usage program. Check this link for training sessions: https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/adult-sailing-and-boating-program/

Dave Martel

Key Personnel Changes

Two unexpected resignations from the senior club staff recently occurred. Our General Manager, Dave Martel, has accepted a Bar and Restaurant manager’s position at the Marin Country Club in Novato. Dave’s last day at SYC was Saturday May 30. Dave was very personable to us, the members, when we arrived at the club. He always made us feel very welcomed. He will be missed. Best wishes to Dave as he pursues the hospitality business in a golf environment. Golf is Dave’s passion so he will fit right in immediately. Dave was the GM here for 3 1/2 years. Thank you very much, Dave.

Ed McCann has resigned as a Director on the Executive Board. He felt he was unable to continue. Ed has distinguished himself as an excellent investigative resource, He can support his position on almost any issue with considerable detail. Ed has served on the Executive Board for about one year. Thank you, Ed.

Search efforts are underway for the replacements of both Dave and Ed. It is our hope we can find replacements soon. However, we want to find the right candidates so it may take some time.

Youth Sailing Exchange with Cascais, Portugal

The youth sailors from Cascais, Portugal will be here for the Sausalito Sister Cities event in one month. They arrive in Sausalito on July 3 and will get totally immersed on the 4. They will be in the Sausalito parade that day followed by the BBQ and fireworks from the decks of the club. The following week they will be touring Sausalito, San Francisco, sailing and racing on the Bay with a concluding banquet at the club on Sunday July 12. They depart for home on Monday July 13th. We expect they will return home having experienced a wonderful time in the US, California and Sausalito.

Youth from the SYC Sail Training program will go to Cascais in the summer of 2016. Some sailing students are already getting excited to be part of that contingent.

4th of July at SYC

4th of July is always a very popular event at the club. The fireworks are out in the bay just South East of the club. The BBQ is excellent.

  • Bar to open at 2:00 pm
  • BBQ to start at 3:00 pm
  • Fireworks at 9:00 pm
  • Live Music starts at 4:30 pm and plays to 8:30 – Featuring Cameron Woodruff Band
  • Fireworks at 9:00 pm

Cover charge for this very popular event will be:

  • Members – $15
  • Guests – $20
  • Children under 12 – $10

A portion of the proceeds are contributed to the fireworks display.

June and July Activities

Here are some activities that are going on at the club over the next two months. There are more later in the year you may want to plan for. Watch your emails for them or check the club’s website https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/. You can find more details and reservation methods on the website.

CRUISEJoin outings to other clubs or destinations on the bay – and beyond. You may go on your own boat or catch a ride with someone else. You may also drive as a “Land Cruiser.”

June 19 to 21: South Beach – San Francisco

June 26 – 28: Rear Commodore’s Race / Cruise to Vallejo

July 24 – 26: Benicia Yacht Club

RACERelease your competitive spirit. Join a series or a single race. Bar and galley are open after the race.

June 9: Spring Sunset #4

June 23: Spring Sunset #5 and Series Awards

June 27: Rear Commodore’s Race / Cruise to Vallejo

June 28: PICYA Lipton Cup, 100th Anniversary

July 18: Twin Island Race #2

July 21: Summer Sunset #1

ENTERTAINMENTParty on! Come and enjoy the fun.

June 4: Thirsty Thursday Performance Series with the AM Quartet. Small Plates Menu.

June 5: Jazz and Blues by the Bay every Friday during the summer. Club table for 6 is available at Gabrielson Park ($50). See the website home page to sign up.

June 13: Summer Solstice Celebration

June 14: Town Hall Meeting

June 17: Wine Club

July 4: 4th of July BBQ and fireworks

July 5: Cascais, Portugal Youth Sailing Exchange all week

July 15: Wine Club

July 25: A Night at the Opera. Family style dinner; The Leyland Opera Singers